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We are the champions

A total of 250 pubs have joined the Grassroots Sports Champion programme, launched in March by PubAid and Sky to recognise and reward pubs’ support for local sport. The Grassroots Sports Champion programme is open to any pub involved in local sport, whether they host a pool or darts side, sponsor a football team or […]

St Maur does it again

A fledgling family drinks business run by William and Kelsey Seymour, the Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, has celebrated double success at a ceremony recognising inspirational achievers across the UK. William and Kelsey were among more than 300 finalists and guests assembled at Coombe Abbey in Coventry last week for the fourth Ladies First Professional […]

Happy J’s Launches

New Brand Happy J’s launches range of alcoholic kombucha to introduce the beverage to Brits A London-based entrepreneur and lawyer is harnessing his passion for food and drinks has launched his own range of natural, low sugar, alcoholic beverages that utilise probiotic-rich organic kombucha. The new brand, Happy J’s, has now launched online with two […]

National Cocktail Day

Today, 24 March, is NATIONAL COCKTAIL DAY and to mark the occasion we have some new cocktail recipes to share that are based on the award-winning St Maur elderflower liqueur, developed in rural Warwickshire by a descendant of Jane Seymour. The Earl of Yarmouth, William Seymour, has learned the art of mixology and has launched […]

Media partner status

Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine has become a media partner for the forthcoming events, the London Wine, London Spirits and London Beer competitions. We are working to promote and support the three UK-based international events, which look to recognise, reward and help promote drinks brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target specific drinkers. […]

Cost of wine set to rise

As reported in the Morning Advertiser, the duties on all wines over 11.5% ABV (80% of the UK market) will see the prices rise by around 38p per bottle. This follows on from recent industry reports that due to inflation the price of a pint of beer could rise by as much 50p. With the […]

COVID-19 rules eased

Here at Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine, we support the government’s latest announcement that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted. The changes are set out below: The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree […]

Strongest Cornish beer, ever?

The Driftwood Spars Brewery, based in St Agnes, Cornwall, has released what it believes to be the highest ABV beer ever brewed in the county, as a result of its latest small batch experiment. The beer, which is called Hygge* is intended to be enjoyed instead of wine or port and goes perfectly with a […]

Three cheers for the Chancellor

The owners of an award-winning family-run cidery in Warwickshire welcomed the Alcohol Duty reform announced in the recent Budget, which they claim will help boost the growth of their business, post-pandemic. Jolyon Olivier, who runs Napton Cidery, said that the Chancellor’s new measures around duty bands for alcohol will save their business tens of thousands […]

London Spirits Competition

As one of the media partners of the London Spirits Competition, we’re delighted to let you know that The Ritz, The Stafford, The Connaught Bar, Gleneagles, Roka, 45 Park Lane and Dukes Hotel are just some of the prestigious names on the judging panel for the London Spirits Competition. Over the last few years, The […]